Man Utd attempted to sign Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy on a loan move on the transfer deadline day of the January transfer window. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger blocked the move and the France international instead joined Ligue 1 club Bordeaux on a loan move.
However, it seems like United’s interest in the Arsenal player hasn’t died down. According to French source Get French Football News, United scouts were present at Matmut Atlantique stadium to watch over the 30-year old in the Ligue 1 game between Bordeaux and Nice.
Debuchy had fallen down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium following the emergence of Hector Bellerin last season. He wanted a move to ensure regular playing time as he thought his place in the France national squad for the summer’s Euro Cup was in jeopardy.
He signed for Arsenal from Newcastle United for a transfer fee believed to be around £12 million in 2014.
The Argentinian newspaper claims that the Manchester club’s “scouts are closely watching” the 28-year-old, who has been on the Red Devils’ radar for quite a while.
Martinez saved three penalties as Argentina made it through to the final of the Copa America after a shootout win over Colombia. Combined with his excellent form for Villa, United are now convinced that the ex-Arsenal player could be a great addition to the squad.
It is not thought that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have made contact with Villa yet, and it is believed any approach is dependent on offloading either David De Gea or Dean Henderson.
De Gea has been tipped to leave Old Trafford in recent months but reports suggest that the Spaniard is determined to stay and fight for his place. If that proves to be the case, it’s unlikely a formal bid will be made for Martinez anytime soon.